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After taking another trip to Hilton Head last week, I decided that it was time that I share my favorite board games to bring on vacation.   We love playing cards and having just talking, but board games take the cake when it comes to family time during a trip.

A group of young children sitting on a table playing a board game with text below them.

I’m sure you’ve read about our trips to Hilton Head.  We take one every few months and while we always go to the island, there are some trips where we don’t even visit the beach.  We just love HHI so much, but we mostly love it for the biking, the views and the family time.   (It makes my friends laugh when I tell them that we never actually went to the beach to play!)

Our son’s favorite part of our vacations is when we play games at night.  He is the oldest one, so we usually put all of the other kids to bed around 7:00 or 8:00 (after a busy day either biking or playing in the waves) and we stay up playing games for hours.    He gets to stay up, too, so it’s no wonder that games are his favorite part of our family vacation.

It has come to be my favorite part, too.  We just get to kick back & relax, laugh and chat.

Anyway… I wanted to make a list of a few of my favorite games to take on these vacations.   Most of these will work great for a larger crowd, which is normally what we have when we go on these trips.


1- Scattergories.  This is SUCH a funny game!  I love it!

2- Apples to Apples- This is a fun one, too!  We laugh really hard at this game.

3- Quelf- This game is great.  You have to make special rules to follow and really be on your game to catch it when someone breaks a rule.

4- Scrabble– My husband and I love this one at home and it is really fun in a group, too.

5- Balderdash- My sister in law loves this game!  She always brings it on vacation.

6. UNO-  This is a new favorite for our kids (& an old favorite for us.)

7. Mexican Train Game – This is one that is great to play over several days.  Pick up where you left off the night before.

8- Would you rather? There is nothing quite as much fun as playing a game of Would You Rather for a family gathering.

When all else fails, just bring a deck of cards.  You can play SO many games (500 Rummy, poker, Hand & Foot, etc…)  We always throw a deck of cards into our bag and we have it ready, because it has so many options for different games.

These games are a great way to bring your family together for some quality time, so pick one up at your local store (or thrift store) and start playing!  If you want some games to play with your kids, check out this post on the 5 games that we forget to play with our kids.

If you don’t have any board games, you can easily play pictionary or charades.  Our kids get a kick out of this and they love when we use our Heads Up App on the phones to play! 🙂

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Great post! I always make sure to bring a deck of cards too, but they always get ruined if we try to play outside. I found this new deck of cards called Hurricane Cards that are waterproof and windproof which have been great for the beach!